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缺少背景调查导致大学造成严重损失

TBD.com 报道,一名前大学教官最近在马里兰州因伪造学位、军事经历和其他个人信息的欺诈调查而被捕。比尔·希拉尔 (Bill Hillar) 根据他捏造的传记,从事教学、主持研讨会、发表演讲和进行培训已经至少十年了。

希拉尔在米德尔伯里学院为数百名学生教授贩毒、贩卖人口和其他大学暑期课程。当参加希拉尔班级的退伍军人质疑他作为退役美国陆军特种部队上校和博士学位持有者的资格时,发起了一项调查,称他没有表现出高级军官的举止。

当米德尔伯里试图核实他的资历时,他们发现他没有博士学位。他声称,他的军事经验被大大夸大了。实际上,他在海岸警卫队服役了八年,但没有在任何地方服役,也没有担任过任何职务,也没有履行他声称的任何职责。

一位大学官员告诉联邦调查局,她是根据希拉尔的简历和网站传记聘用他的,而且由于希拉尔不是正式员工,因此没有进行背景调查

米德尔伯里的错误是一个非常普遍的错误,不仅是高等教育机构,而且是广泛的组织——没有对临时工进行背景调查。

即使是拥有广泛的背景调查计划的组织,也常常会忽略这一主要的安全漏洞,而忽视筛选顾问、承包商、合作伙伴和供应商员工以及临时工。然而,这些劳动力可能会给组织带来相当大的风险——因为他们可以担任高度负责的职位,并且可以访问人员、设施和敏感数据。

最佳做法是确保背景筛选政策涵盖临时工,以避免安全和业务责任。通过对 Hillar 进行背景调查,包括教育和就业验证,这起事件很可能会被阻止。

组织应对包括承包商、顾问和供应商员工在内的所有员工实施相同的背景筛选程序和要求。应在合同中明确规定背景审查要求,并通过定期审计进行实施和执行。


A former college instructor was recently arrested in Maryland in a fraud investigation that involved falsifying degrees, military experience and other personal information, TBD.com reported. Bill Hillar has been teaching, giving seminars, speaking and training for at least a decade, according to his fabricated biography.


Hilal teaches drug trafficking, human trafficking and other college summer courses to hundreds of students at Middlebury College. When veterans in Hilal's class questioned his qualifications as a retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel and doctoral degree holder, an investigation was launched, saying he did not exhibit the demeanour of a senior officer.


When Middlebury tried to verify his credentials, they found he did not have a doctorate. His military experience, he claimed, had been greatly exaggerated. In fact, he served in the Coast Guard for eight years, but did not serve anywhere, held no position, or perform any of the duties he claimed.


A university official told the FBI that she hired Hilal based on his resume and website biography, and that no background check was conducted because he was not an official employee.


Middlebury's mistake was a very common one, not just in institutions of higher education, but in organisations across the board - not doing background checks on temporary workers.


Even organizations with extensive background check programs often overlook this major security breach in favor of screening consultants, contractors, partner and supplier employees, and temporary workers. However, these workers can pose considerable risk to the organization -- as they can hold highly responsible positions and have access to people, facilities, and sensitive data.


Best practice is to ensure that background screening policies cover temporary workers to avoid security and operational responsibilities. With a background check on Hillar, including education and employment verification, the incident would likely have been prevented.


The organization shall apply the same background screening procedures and requirements to all employees, including contractors, consultants and supplier employees. Background check requirements should be specified in the contract and implemented and enforced through regular audits.




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